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Sat, Mar 03, 2012 - [Indoor Track Combined]

The GPAC had a big day on Friday at the 2012 NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio.  Morningside's Men's 4x800 Relay (pictured) and two individuals (Northwestern's Matt Huseman in the High Jump and Hastings Gabe Wickam in th Weight Throw) earned NAIA National Titles in their respective events.  Below is the complete recap from the NAIA.

Defending men's heptathlon champion Robbie Haynie produced a record breaking performance on the second day of the NAIA Men's & Women's Indoor Track & Field National Championships at the Spire Institute on Friday.

Haynie a senior from Nampa, Idaho, won the multi-event showcase with a new NAIA Indoor National Championship meet record of 5,781 points. The Eastern Oregon athlete broke the previous record set in 2009 by Oklahoma Baptist's John Hilton at 5,519. Haynie's point total is currently the ninth best of any collegian at any level. During the two days of events, he broke the heptathlon high jump and the heptathlon pole vault national championship records.

For the father of two, the multi event marked just another day in the life of a busy student-athlete.

"The heptathlon is very much like each day in my life," Haynie said. "Every day seems like I have too much to accomplish, but through time management and hard work I am able to balance family, school, and track."

For Haynie, who has been married for five years, that balance and hard work paid off as he opened the competition with a personal day-one best. Haynie continued with a strong second day. He started the day with a first-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with an 8.49 finish, a new personal record.

The sixth event of the heptathlon, the pole vault, Haynie's specialty marked another record. The 17 feet, seven inch vault smashed his own record in the heptathlon set in the 2011 National Championships. His 5.35 meter vault is a new personal record and the top mark in the NAIA this season, not just in the heptathlon, but by any pole vaulter. It is currently the 17th best mark of any collegian this season.

The final event was a sixth-place finish in the 1,000 meters. His time of 2:47.36 is another personal record. That record gave Haynie yet another NAIA best, the NAIA Indoor heptathlon point record of 5,781 points.

Hastings (Neb.) recorded three of the top four places in the men's weight throw. The Broncos' Gabe Wickham broke his own record with his first toss of 69 feet, 11 inches. In last year's championship, Wickham was joined by Cody Weber who finished third. This season Weber finished directly behind the two-time champion with a throw of 65 feet, nine and a half inches. Anthony Stockton of William Woods (Mo.) spoiled Hastings' sweep of the top three spots with a toss of 63 feet, 11 and three quarters inches, two feet better than Garrett Wickham.

"Our program has been known for the throws," Wickham said. "Our coach Zach Osgood is one of the best in the NAIA, if not the country. He knows every little thing you're doing wrong and it's good to have a guy that really knows what he is talking about. Then the throwers really take it upon themselves to get it fixed."

The women's track events kicked-off with Embry-Riddle's (Fla.) Nicole Bonk cruising past the field in the 3000-meter race walk beating second place Erin Helmuth from Goshen (Ind.) by over 30 seconds. Bonk turned in a time of 14:41.95 taking over the top spot from two time champion Jessica Ching from Lindenwood (Mo.).

Alejandro Chavez of Missouri Baptist won the men's 3000-meter race walk with a time of 12:40.27. The freshman from Pharr, Texas, outpaced Cody Risch from Cornerstone (Mich.) by nearly nine seconds to secure his first national championship in his first attempt.

Morningside (Iowa) dethroned Oklahoma Baptist in the men's 4x800-meter relay. The defending champions failed to make the finals as the Mustangs and Wayland Baptist (Texas) battled to a photo-finish to determine the new champion. Morningside edged out Wayland by .44 seconds.

In the women's 4x800 relay, Oklahoma Baptist secured the championship with freshman Hannah Helker anchoring the 9:05.99 final. The 2011 team champions secured the top spot bettering their prelim time by nearly six seconds.

The women's long jump concluded with Latanya Nation recording a jump of 19 feet, two and three quarters inches to beat Tamala Daley from Shorter (Ga.) by two inches. The senior from Wayland Baptist followed in the footsteps of fellow Flying Queens Bianca Grant, who won the title last year. Nation, a 13-time All-American, got her mark on her third attempt of the afternoon, however the defending national champion, Grant, a junior finished ninth just out of the points.

In the men's long jump, Trebor Holmes of Shorter recorded a jump of 25 feet, four and a half inches to secure the championship. The sophomore from Rockmart, Ga., secured the championship with his fourth and final jump to beat Hastings' Ronnie Taylor by eight inches. In the process, the 5-foot-10 sophomore secured the Shorter record, bettering his own record of 23 feet, four inches.

In the women's weight throw, Reta Woodard of Embry-Riddle, made a toss of 60 feet, eight and a half inches to earn her first championship. Her throw bettered Lauryn Camp from Grand View (Iowa) by over two feet.

Matt Huseman of Northwestern (Iowa) recorded a jump of six feet, 11 and three quarters to win the men's high jump. Huseman's mark is a new school record.

However, thanks to Haynie's performance of 16 points, Eastern Oregon sits in second place with 16.8571 points after two days, only trailing Hastings for the team championship. The Broncos hold a commanding lead over the field after scoring 37 points.

Oklahoma Baptist secured the top two spots in the women's pole vault as freshman Erinn Shaughnessy and junior Evan Shimanek jumped identical 12 feet, three and a half inches. Shaughnessy earned the individual championship through her performance at 11 feet, nine and three quarter inches. Shimanek resorted to her last attempt to clear the height, while her fellow teammate made the height on her second attempt, setting a personal record.

The Lady Bison climbed within striking distance of Azusa Pacific (Calif.) for the team championship, scoring 28 second day points. Azusa holds a nine-point lead over the 2010 and 2011 team champions with 37 points.

The conclusion of the NAIA Indoor National Championships is slated for Saturday, with the finale of 30 events, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. EST, kicking off the half dozen field events. The 24 track events begin at 12:25 p.m., with the women's mile final.

National Event Records Broken During the Championship
Men's Heptathlon: Robbie Haynie, Eastern Oregon, 5,473 points
Men's Heptathlon Pole Vault: Robbie Haynie, Eastern Oregon, 17' 7"
Men's Heptathlon High Jump: Robbie Haynie, Eastern Oregon, 7' 1/4"
Men's Weight Throw: Gabe Wickham, Hastings, 69' 11"Defending men's heptathlon champion Robbie Haynie produced a record breaking performance on the second day of the NAIA Men's & Women's Indoor Track & Field National Championships at the Spire Institute on Friday.

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Photo from Grant Aden, Morningside College

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